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Giving The Holocaust A Human Face


In the immediate decades after World War II, the systematic murder of 6,000,000 Jews as part of Nazi genocide had not acquired a name of its own. When I learned about the fate of the Jews during the Final Solution, during religious school classes and temple youth groups in the 1960s, “Holocaust” hadn’t entered the public lexicon in this context.

But 60 years ago this spring, the Six Million acquired a face in this country.

Her name was Hanna Bloch Kohner.

Hannah Bloch Kohner: Her life was many survivors' lives/

A Note-worthy Memorial To Soldiers


Every day, religiously, Don Brittain, a retired aerospace worker who lives in Tacoma, Washington, checks the paper for that day’s sundown time.

Brittain’s religion is not Judaism; he’s not interested in the latest time to daven the after mincha prayer service, or, on Friday, to determine the right time for candle-lighting.

He’s figuring out when to play Taps.


Memory Marches On

An interracial group, including men and women from around the country, began gathering at a community college in Selma, Alabama, early on Sunday morning last week.

Civil rights marches -- and their subsequent re-enactments -- follow in old footsteps/Shalom Center

Well-Deserved Honor

At last week’s Academy Awards ceremony, one of the favorites was Anne Hathaway.

Anne Hathaway: big honor, small role. Photo via

Super Hospitality

Are you ready for some football?  A year from now in New Jersey?

The site of 2014 Super Bowl

Why I Love Ash Wednesday

I live in Hoboken, a town of churches (and 1 synagogue – hi, Rabbi Scheinberg!) This small city’s Catholic character is obvious to any casual visitor, and certainly struck us strongly when we were scouting the place out and toured many apartments for sale above whose pristine beds, plumped up attractively for prospective buyers, sat crucifixes large and small. In fact, one of my neighbors has in her living room two huge portraits: one of Frank Sinatra, and one of the Pope.

A Catholic woman prays with an ash cross on her forehead in Washington, D.C. in 2012. Getty Images

Birthright for Reporters: American Jewish Press In Israel

One of the pleasures of an occasional press junket to Israel is the opportunity to get to know staff and/or editors of other Jewish community publications.

I’ve just returned from one such mission, cosponsored by the American Jewish Press Association and Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. The long hours on the plane and bus are an opportunity to share "war" stories, play Jewish geography and explore how much we all have in common. 

Reporters share secrets on a goat farm.

Storm Coverage Presents Dilemma

This week’s issue of The Jewish Week includes the latest in a series of stories the paper’s staff has written on the aftermath of Sandy since the Superstorm struck New York, and the surrounding Northeast states, three months ago. This week’s focus, in a report I wrote, is southern Brooklyn – the Atlantic coast neighborhoods like Seagate, Coney Island and Brighton Beach, which suffered a disproportionate amount of flood-caused damage.

Satellite image of Sandy: Storm presented a challange for journalists. Via NASA
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